To find our existing preserves and natural areas, explore the map below. PLEASE NOTE: To learn about properties that we are currently working to protect – but are not yet complete and therefore not on the map below – please visit page our Active Projects page.

PRESERVES

Conservancy preserves are lands protected, owned and managed by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Visitors to these properties can expect to experience similar signage, interpretive maps and kiosks.

Indicates a Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy Preserve

OTHER PROTECTED LANDS

Other protected lands are defined as properties that GTRLC protected on behalf of local units of government, like townships or counties, which are owned and managed by the municipalities after protection.

Acme Shoreline (UA)

Grand Traverse County / 4 Acres

  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Swimming
  • Universal Access

Antrim Creek Natural Area

Antrim County / 156 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Trail Running

Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve (UA)

Benzie County, Manistee County / 3600 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing
  • Trail Running
  • Universal Access

Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve (UA)

Manistee County / 273 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Universal Access

Arcadia Sunset Beach

Manistee County / 10 Acres

  • Birding
  • Parking
  • Swimming

Bauer Nature Preserve

Antrim County / 362 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas

Betsie Dunes Nature Preserve

Benzie County / 88.56 Acres

  • Hunting
  • Sanctuary

Brinkman Bog Nature Preserve

Grand Traverse County / 51 Acres

  • Hunting
  • Sanctuary

Bullhead Lake Natural Area

Grand Traverse County / 28 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing

Carter Strong Bird Sanctuary

Grand Traverse County / 6 Acres

  • Birding
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Sanctuary

Cedar River Natural Area

Antrim County / 193 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking

Cedar Run Creek Natural Area

Grand Traverse County / 318 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing

Cosner & Bennett-Barnes Nature Preserve

Antrim County / 135 Acres

  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas

Deepwater Point

Grand Traverse County / 17 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Swimming

Elberta Dunes South Natural Area

Benzie County / 58 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Scenic Vistas

Elisabeth Parr Nature Preserve

Benzie County / 5 Acres

  • Sanctuary

Fruithaven Nature Preserve

Benzie County / 176 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking

Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area

Antrim County / 765 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing
  • Trail Running

Golden-Days Loon Nature Preserve

Antrim County / 18 Acres

  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Sanctuary

Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve

Benzie County / 242 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Trail Running

Halladay-Blackhurst-Chowning Nature Preserve

Grand Traverse County / 40 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Trail Running

Hickory Meadows

Grand Traverse County / 116 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Parking
  • Skiing
  • Trail Running

Howard and Mary Dunn Edwards Nature Preserve

Grand Traverse County / 77 Acres

  • Hunting
  • Parking

Intermediate Lake Sanctuary

Antrim County

  • Sanctuary

John J. Helstrom Quiet Area

Benzie County / 40 Acres

  • Sanctuary

Kewadin Wetlands Natural Area

Antrim County / 40 Acres

  • Hunting
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Sanctuary

Lake Ann Beach

Benzie County / 2 Acres

    Loon Nursery

    Antrim County / 32 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Parking

    Lower Woodcock Lake Nature Preserve

    Benzie County / 230 Acres

    • Birding
    • Fishing
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Scenic Vistas

    Man Made Lake

    Manistee County / 14 Acres

    • Fishing
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Parking
    • Swimming

    Maple Bay Farm

    Grand Traverse County / 11 Acres

    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Parking
    • Skiing
    • Swimming

    Maple Bay Natural Area

    Grand Traverse County / 452 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Parking
    • Skiing
    • Swimming

    Maplehurst Natural Area

    Antrim County / 389 Acres

    • Birding
    • Fishing
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Scenic Vistas
    • Skiing
    • Trail Running

    Medenbrook Nature Preserve

    Benzie County / 37 Acres

    • Hunting
    • Kayaking / Canoeing
    • Sanctuary

    Misty Acres: The Borwell Preserve

    Benzie County, Manistee County / 627 Acres

    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Parking
    • Skiing

    Mitchell Creek Nature Preserve

    Grand Traverse County / 128 Acres

    • Fishing
    • Hunting
    • Parking

    North Skegemog Nature Preserve

    Antrim County / 37 Acres

    • Kayaking / Canoeing
    • Sanctuary

    Palastra-Holm Nature Preserve

    36 Acres

    • Kayaking / Canoeing
    • Sanctuary

    Papoose Lake Nature Preserve

    Kalkaska County / 46 Acres

    • Hunting
    • Sanctuary

    Pearl Lake

    Benzie County / 249 Acres

    • Birding
    • Fishing
    • Hunting
    • Kayaking / Canoeing

    Pelizzari Natural Area

    Grand Traverse County / 62 Acres

    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Parking
    • Skiing
    • Trail Running

    Petobego Creek Natural Area

    Grand Traverse County / 240 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hunting
    • Parking

    Pyatt Lake: The Bill Carls Nature Preserve

    Grand Traverse County / 159 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Parking

    Railroad Point Natural Area

    Benzie County / 207 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Parking
    • Scenic Vistas
    • Swimming

    Ransom Lake Natural Area

    Grand Traverse County / 220 Acres

    • Birding
    • Fishing
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Parking
    • Skiing
    • Trail Running
    • Universal Access

    Reffitt Nature Preserve (George & Ada Reffitt Nature Preserve)

    Grand Traverse County / 106 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Parking

    Sagaser Nature Preserve

    Benzie County / 20 Acres

    • Hunting
    • Sanctuary

    Seven Bridges

    Kalkaska County / 314 Acres

    • Birding
    • Fishing
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Parking
    • Skiing

    Skegemog Lake Wildlife Area

    Antrim County, Kalkaska County / 3300 Acres

    • Fishing
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Parking
    • Skiing

    South & Fox Island Nature Preserves

    Grand Traverse County / 24 Acres

    • Fishing
    • Kayaking / Canoeing
    • Scenic Vistas
    • Swimming

    South Boardman Preserve

    Kalkaska County / 111 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Parking

    South Branch Nature Preserve

    Grand Traverse County / 47 Acres

    • Fishing
    • Hunting
    • Parking

    South Long Lake Forest

    Grand Traverse County / 109 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Parking
    • Skiing
    • Trail Running

    St. Clair Lake-Six Mile Lake Nature Preserve (UA)

    Antrim County / 255 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Kayaking / Canoeing
    • Parking
    • Universal Access

    Timbers Recreation Area

    Grand Traverse County / 250 Acres

    • Fishing
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Kayaking / Canoeing
    • Parking
    • Skiing
    • Swimming
    • Trail Running
    • Universal Access

    Torch Bay Beach

    Antrim County / 38 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Kayaking / Canoeing
    • Parking
    • Swimming

    Torch Lake Nature Preserve

    Antrim County / 95 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Scenic Vistas
    • Trail Running

    Trapp Farm Nature Preserve

    Benzie County / 140 Acres

    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting

    Upper Herring Lake Nature Preserve

    Benzie County / 180 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Kayaking / Canoeing
    • Parking

    Upper Manistee Headwaters: The Milock Family Preserve

    Kalkaska County / 1288 Acres

    • Birding
    • Fishing
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Mountain Biking
    • Scenic Vistas

    W.L. Criger Wetland Nature Sanctuary

    Antrim County / 5 Acres

    • Kayaking / Canoeing
    • Sanctuary

    Wilcox-Palmer-Shah Nature Preserve

    Antrim County / 57.64 Acres

    • Birding
    • Parking
    • Swimming

    Wintergreen Woods Nature Preserve

    Grand Traverse County

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing

    Yuba Creek Natural Area

    Grand Traverse County / 413 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Parking
    • Scenic Vistas
    • Skiing
    • Trail Running